Senior News Editor Departs NPR After Multiple Sexual Harassment Allegations


The headquarters for National Public Radio / Getty Images


National Public Radio chief news editor David Sweeney has left the organization after multiple women accused him of sexual harassment.

At least three current and former NPR journalists made formal complaints against Sweeney, and acting senior vice president of news Chris Turpin said he is "no longer on the staff," NPR reports.

Turpin sent an email to NPR staff about Sweeney's departure in which he noted that senior manager Edith Chapin will resume her role as executive editor, assuming Sweeney's duties.

"This is a difficult time for our newsroom and I'm committed to supporting all of you as we move forward," Turpin said. "I know you appreciate that there are some questions I cannot answer in keeping with our practice to not comment on personnel issues, but I will do my best to address those I can."

Turpin did not mention exactly why Sweeney left NPR; however, the organization noted his departure follows a formal internal review into his conduct following the complaints.

The announcement follows another recent departure at the organization. NPR's senior vice president of news and editorial director, Michael Oreskes,"was forced to resign on Nov. 1 over sexual misconduct allegations."

Jack Heretik

Jack Heretik   Email Jack | Full Bio | RSS
Jack is a Media Analyst for the Washington Free Beacon. He is from Northern Ohio and graduated from the Catholic University of America in 2011. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, Jack was a Production Assistant for EWTN's The World Over and worked on Sen. Bill Cassidy's 2014 campaign.

Get the news that matters most to you, delivered straight to your inbox daily.

Register today!
  • Grow your email list exponentially
  • Dramatically increase your conversion rates
  • Engage more with your audience
  • Boost your current and future profits